Letter - John Brevard to James Robertson, 1813 October 22

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 18
Letter - John Brevard to James Robertson
Letter - John Brevard to James Robertson


[page 1] Nashville 22nd Octr. 1813 Dear Sir Altho unknown to you I am induced by particular circumstances to trouble you with this letter. Being a stranger in this State and unacquainted with the forms which it might be necessary to use were you to be formally addressed in your official capacity, you will be so good as to make the due allowances, and excuse the liberty I take in addressing you as a fellow Citizen. Alexander Brevard whose son and agent I am, owns a tract of land on the Tennessee River about 10 Miles below the mouth of Duck River_ In this tract is situate the parcel of land upon which stands the town of Reynoldsburg, the said town approaching within a few rods of the river bank. It is said by persons who ought to be well acquainted with such matters, that a road from Natchez by way of Reyoldsburg would be much more convenient to a great number of people (perhaps over half) who trade down the Mississippi & return by land, than the present road by Colberts ferry. This fact renders the people of Humphreys County extremely anxious that a road should be opened to cross the Tenessee at that place. As such an arrangement might also be somewhat, perhaps considerably, to the advantage of the owner of the land around the town & along the river it is material also to suppose that I am not indifferent to this subject_ And to endeavour to have this business carried into effect is the reason of my now addressing you. [page 2] You will Sir greatly oblige me by instruction & aiding me in this business. If you can benefit a number of your fellow citizens by affording them a nearer route to their homes from a distant market, thereby alleviating the toils & anxiety of a fatiguing journey without injuring the people over whom you have in some measure the guardianship & protection I feel confident Sir that you will proceed with zeal & alacrity in doing so. And the case under consideration I take to be one of this kind. My purpose is to be perfectly fair with the Indians_ They own one side of the Tenessee River and I own the other_ it is therefore reasonable that each of us should have a share of the profits arising from any Ferry which might be established between our respective possessions_ Or if they should look upon it as troublesome or not safe to attend to a Ferry at such a distance from the body of their Settlements & at a place where the whites are so hostile to Indians, I would agree (provided the sanction of the Genl. Government can be obtained) either to purchase some land for a landing place on their side of the river or to pay a stipulated salary after the Ferry shall have become productive. You will however, I feel assured Sir from your general character_ act a friendly part towards me as well as a fair one to the Indians. I am a very young man_ entirely a stranger in this State, being but a few weeks from No. Carolina_ and unacquainted with & averse to practice the chicanery & fraud which too frequently marks speculations in this State_ I wish to act with candour & good faith by the Chickasaws, and it is desirable to me that we should understand one another as soon as possible. If you will Sir be so good as to inform me of their situation on this subject_ whither they are willing or unwilling for the purposed road & what would be their stipulations concerning the Ferry And also give me your directions how I am to proceed to bring this [page 3] business to a conclusion one way or another, you will Sir confer an obligation for which I shall feel grateful. I am unwilling Sir to trouble you further, but I have been informed that you were with Henry Rutherford & others at the time those tracts of Land on the Tenessee River near to & below the mouth of Duck were located. You will lay me under additional obligations if you will take the trouble when you write, to state whether you distinctly remember that the concluding corner of John B. Ashe's and the beginning corner of Joseph Brevard's Tracts were one & the same as called for in the Platts, & as John Tate will further testify by oath if required. My reason for making this request is that Henry Rutherford wishes to interpose a tract of land of his own between the two tracts above mentioned (having sometime ago entered it as vacant land) contrary to the calls of the Grants & [illegible] & contrary to the manner in which the other tracts located at the same time were laid off. By attending to these requests you will greatly oblige Sir Your Friend & [illegible] John F. Brevard [to] Genl. Jas. Robertson [P.S.] Be so good as to direct to Nashville if you favour me with an answer. [page 4] Genl. James Robertson Chickasaw Agency Politeness of Mr. Metcalf John F. Brevard 22nd Oct. 1813


  • 1813 October 22


From the Collection: 1.26 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

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